Test of Faith is an innovative new resource designed for use by small groups wishing to explore big issues raised by science for both faith and ethics. It introduces a wide range of hot topics including:
Are science and Christianity in conflict?
Has the Big Bang pushed God out of the universe?
What does 'creation' mean?
Is evolution compatible with religious faith?
Is cloning ethical?
Are humans no more than biological machines?
Test of Faith is designed to enable non-specialists to join the discussion. It allows small groups to unpack these issues, and discuss them at a level and pace that suits the group. It is flexible so that users can choose the topics that they want to cover, and encourages open discussion of a range of views.
All you need to run a short course is a copy of the Test of Faith DVD and a Study Guide for each member of the group, and a Leader's Guide. The Leader's Guide provides full session notes and all the content of the Study Guide plus suggested responses to questions, critical background information, and opportunities for taking these issues further. The 'Spiritual Journeys with Scientists' book is a collection of edited interviews with ten of the scientists involved in Test of Faith: their life stories and their reflections on science and faith, and is ideal background reading for group members.
Samples and DVD trailer at www.testofaith.com
Dr Denis Alexander, Director, The Faraday Institute, Cambridge
Prof. Katherine Blundell, Department of Physics, Oxford University
Prof. John Bryant, Professor Emeritus of Cell and Molecular Biology, Exeter University
Dr Alasdair Coles, Cambridge University and St Andrews Church, Cambridge
Dr Francis Collins, Former Director, Human Genome Project
Prof. Simon Conway Morris, Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge University
Dr William A. Dembski, Research Professor in Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr Deborah B. Haarsma, Associate Professor in Physics & Astronomy, Calvin College
Prof. Peter Harrison, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, Oxford University
Sir John Houghton, Former Chair, Scientific Assessment Working Group, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Dr Ard Louis, The Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, Oxford University
Prof. Alister McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology, Harris Manchester, College, Oxford
Prof. Bill Newsome, Professor of Neurobiology, Stanford University School of Medicine
Dr Cherith Fee Nordling, Assistant Professor of Theology, Wheaton College
Prof. Rosalind Picard, Professor of Media Arts & Sciences, MIT
Revd Dr John Polkinghorne, Former President of Queens' College, Cambridge
Paul Taylor, Senior Speaker, Answers in Genesis (UK)
Dr David Wilkinson, Lecturer in Science and Theology, Durham University
Dr Jennifer Wiseman, Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Editor - Dr Ruth Bancewicz, The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund's College, Cambridge
Editorial Assistant - James Crocker, The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund's College, Cambridge